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Visiting Curators

Curated by Maria Chiara Valacchi

The Visiting Curators program continues, opening once again this year to host curators and directors of international museums or foundations in order to strengthen the network of highly qualified connections aimed at supporting the Italian art. The selected professionals from the global cultural system who will be actively involved at ArtVerona 2023 in the discovery of the sections and stands exhibited at the fair are: Oriol Fontdevila, Pau Waelder and Matt Williams.

 

Oriol Fontdevila

Oriol Fontdevila (b. 1978 Manresa, Spain) is a curator, writer and art researcher. He was curator of Catalonia’s presentation in the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022. He has curated exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth Menorca, Mahón; Centre d’Art Fabra i Coats, Barcelona; Casal Solleric, Palma; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; and Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad. Fondevila was a member of the curatorial team of the European project ‘Performing the Museum,’. He has been a guest professor at various master’s degrees and study programs and he taught on the Design degree at EINA and on the Fine Arts degree at UOC. In 2018, Fontdevila published a book of essays titled ‘El arte de la mediación’ (Consonni, 2018).

 

Pau Waelder

Pau Waelder is senior curator at Niio. Writer and researcher specializing in art and digital media. PhD in Information and Knowledge Society from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). He teaches in postgraduate courses in several schools and universities. Editor and advisor at DAM Digital Art Museum. His work explores the different aspects of the interaction between art, technology and society, as well as the relationship between digital art and the art market. He has participated as a speaker at numerous symposiums and conferences such as Talking Galleries and ISEA2022 (Barcelona), at digital art festivals such as FILE (São Paulo) or Futur en Seine (Paris) and museums and art centers such as CCCB (Barcelona), HeK Basel (Basel) and KIASMA (Helsinki), as well as schools and universities such as ENSAD (France) and Kunstuniversität Linz (Austria). He has recently participated in numerous debates around the NFT market and Artificial Intelligence and digital art.

 

Matt Williams

Matt Williams is an established curator who has worked independently and with multiple public institutions at both national and international levels. His career has seen him work and collaborate with prestigious organisations such as the Camden Art Centre and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Sculpture Centre, New York, and K11 in Shanghai, among others. He has organised numerous monographic and group exhibitions and public programmes on a national and international scale. Anchored at the crossroads of art and society, his work cultivates enriching dialogues with creative practitioners, academics, publishers, and independent organisations. Williams is currently completing a PhD (AHRC) research project that explores the convergence of curatorial praxis and sound art to excavate and amplify historical sites of resistance as a method to challenge and reinterpret entrenched narratives and offer fresh perspectives on cultural memory.